Forever

This was written for a special someone that stole my heart unlike anything I’ve ever experienced in my life-time. Kelly, thank you 🙂

You know what you mean to me and privacy is something that we both value, so I will keep this to a dedication and keep the more substantial details where they should be, something we know and share as we wish to share, together.

Forever

I feel you take the dark inside

And cast a shade, a different tide

You take me to another place

Where I hold on tight to you

As our hearts lock as one

A warmth akin to summer’s sun

I take your hand in mine

Losing myself in your eyes

We cast the claim of meant to be

We stand as one, you and me

Every breath we share today

I never thought I’d find this

As our lips lock with a grin

Love’s true mark filling in

We cast the call forever

Will never let this go

Standing with your hand in mine

Knitting two lives that we bind

And with a kiss we lock them tight

We are forever, like the night.

Masterpiece

Masterpiece

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Pulse left dripping
Eyes are bare
Reaching out
Yet, finding air

Drained of life
A poisoned soul
Clouds of thought
With no control

Despair’s hand
Clenching tight
Breaking dreams
Creating night

Scars that stain
That take a name
Engraving you
Spreading pain

You will be my story
My crafted masterpiece

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Double Deez Tattoos

Double Deez Tattoos

Double Deez Tattoos

I got my first tattoo at the age of 18. I’m creative and find that power behind an image can be something that only a few people can really grasp and understand. It’s for this very reason that great tattoo artists stand out in comparison to those that simply do it for the sake of a job.

Andrew Harris is someone that I’ve known since Kindergarten, which based around a rule of time would grant me the ability to say, I know him pretty well.

If personality paid in today’s world, Andrew wouldn’t have to work. He has a way with people that contributes toward his actual calling: art, and the skill of tattooing. His skill and his passion in the work makes his shop stand out amongst his competition, which is exactly why you should take a minute to cast him a vote to generate the recognition his establishment deserves.

Cast Your Vote

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This article goes beyond the effort to recognize a friend that has a gift. this is a statement to drive the quality of work that his shop has to offer. He has a variety of artists that excel in their craft and offer the very best to their clients.

The list of artists, as well as their art portfolios can be found by clicking here.

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Many of us find ourselves crawling through search engines when making the decision of a tattoo. It is, after all, a decision that lasts forever.

The value behind these online polls and contests has become a reference point of security. I can state first hand that if you are looking for someone that delivers the perfect tattoo experience, then look no further. From the moment you walk inside the shop, up until the completion of the tattoo, you will be in good hands at Double Deez Tattoos.

Getting to Know the Artist- Andrew Harris

 

What made you want to become an artist?

Ever since middle school I wanted a tattoo. I begged my parents for a machine, which they declined, but they let me get my first piece of art at the age of 16. I was hooked. Being an artist wasn’t even something that came to mind, but with fate being a funny thing, tattooing kind of chose me. Bill “Wizard” Paterson was a friend who offered an opportunity working in his shop, at that point it was just a customer services opportunity, but it grew from there.

Did you get an apprenticeship? Or What was the training involved?

Working at Wizards put me in a position where I learned a lot from daily observation. An apprenticeship was offered, which is extremely rare. Most people need to search for them, I was really lucky. After 2 years of dedication I absorbed enough to be ready to tattoo and take on clients.

During this time I ran myself into debt, I put all my time into learning, it was all a risk, but I knew it was what I wanted to do. If I had to redo it, I would make the same choices. 

What is your personal style of tattooing?

I like to work off of photos, otherwise known as photo realism and prefer black and grey as opposed to color.

Is there a specific accomplishment thus far in your career you’re most proud of?

Some artists may highlight specific pieces of work they’ve done, and sure I have pieces I’m proud of, but the most valuable accomplishment, to me, is the group of artists I work with on a regular basis. Shops have a common ground for trouble and that is keeping artists working together, in sync, with minimal problems. Ego’s can be an issue, self-empowerment, the things you would expect in a skill-driven occupation.

The group we have here is a family, we moved up from the co-worker status a long time ago. We rely on each other.

What’s the most challenging part of tattooing?

The fact that there is no room for error. Everything is permanent and clients expect things to go perfect, which is completely reasonable, it should go perfect.

Any advice for people thinking about getting their first tattoo?

It’s not a rush. Take your time and do your research. So many times i’ve seen people rush it just to get it done and that isn’t what tattooing is all about. Tattoo’s are about expression and appreciating the end outcome of a piece of art. People tend to forget that tattoos last for a little while.

Spread the Word

Andrew is a hard-working artist that took a chance and pursued the strongest passion of his life. Was there risk? Absolutely. Concerns? You bet. Did they pay off? Andrew wouldn’t trade what he does for a living for anything.

This is a chance to give back to a shop that cares so much about art, and the work they do involving it. Take a minute to give appreciate them for their hard work, cast a vote with a click, and promote artist’s that are truly passionate about what the work they do.

Give Double Deez Tattoos the recognition they deserve, cast your vote by clicking here.

Stephen Bortsalas Film Productions

Stephen Bortsalas

Stephen Bortsalas Film Productions

Stephen Bortsalas is a personal friend that has been on a journey to develop film for as long as I’ve known him. His personal website, 4 Mile Radius Productions can be accessed by clicking here.

I know very little about the film industry, it’s actually safe to say that I know nothing. The extent of my knowledge is the personal preference of being a film buff and the genres I like.

It doesn’t take away from the fact that film is a creative industry that has incredibly talent working behind it. This brings up my next point: breaking into this industry is incredibly challenging.

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This post is a post to promote a personal friend of mine that, one that I’ve have known for years, that is not only passionate about his craft, but passionate about life itself.

Professionally he is hard-working, self-driven, and creative. On a personal level I view him as a role-model. He’s someone you can actually look up to and I don’t state those words in a casual way.

This is a link to his debut trailer, Denounced, which I encourage everyone to check out. You can view this trailer by clicking here.

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Getting Personal

As mentioned, I’ve known Stephen Bortsalas for a long time. I worked with him at Wegmans. Contrary to popular belief, it wasn’t the nature of the work that created the friendship. My feelings for Wegmans are not a secret, you can read about that here. Should a film arise where Stephen survives a satanic cult the muse will be Wegmans.

I speak for myself there, aka, Wegmans leave Stephen alone. You definitely suck, but it’s only me stating it.

Stephen became a friend quickly because we were two creatively-driven people that made conversation interesting and fun.

I had a quick interview with Stephen on account of wanting to get this information up and running.

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What got you into film?

As a young child I was always drawn to the spectacle of movies. It transported me into another place where my mind could be let free to imagine. After the loss of my mother film took on another meaning and allowed me for brief time to escape from the pain and this is where I fell in love with film.

What makes you passionate about it?

It’s something that was born into me and feel it’s my calling. I love the creative process from writing, shooting, editing, and then to the screen. Film has impacted my life greatly, so I want to give that same feeling back to people. It’s one of the most rewarding feelings seeing your finished product.

What is your top goal in the film industry?

My goal is to impact peoples live through the art of cinema. I want to be best and have my name/company be a household name. Be a filmmaker whose work changes lives and is thought provoking. So, I guess the next Spielberg lol. I want to do what I love for a living. The only way to do great work is to love what you do.

Favorite Film?

Jurassic Park…. I was obsessed with dinosaurs as a kid. I inquired about the new or the old versions, and was told that he was referring to the old versions of the film.

Can you elaborate on the old and the new?

I really enjoyed the new one and they did some nostalgic moments well. But nothing comes close to the original. The first Jurassic Park was shot on film not digital which makes it more realistic/gritty. Also mostly done on practical sets/animatronics back then not all this green screen cgi. The first one pioneered the world to special effects. Jurassic World is the second best in the franchise. Can’t beat the first time you see T-Rex in the original.

In Closing

Everything written above takes the word passion and defines it around an individual, my friend, Stephen Bortsalas. I support his quest to achieve his goal and make his dream a reality. I admire his drive and the things that drive his motivation.

Stephen, this is to you my friend. Any kind of exposure this may bring is the very least I can do to encourage your great efforts of following your dream.

Contact information for Stephen:

Business Inquiries- (610) 955-5767

Email: Steve13710@verizon.net

 

The World I Once Knew

The World I Once Knew

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The World I Once Knew is a poem about how we grow and eventually look back and wonder, how has the world changed? This is another written back in 2014, bringing all poetry back to life.

The wind chimes of the night
Played a melody inside
Caressing all the broken hopes
That lost their breath in stride
I tried to keep the demons in
They traced along my skin
With every scar, a lace of time
That celebrated sin

The pain inside became invoked
Each second wearing thin
The ticks of time became a mesh
Of light that slowly dimmed

Breathless and left incomplete
My heart chained to the floor
I’d push to last another day
But I can’t take much more

I’ve whispered prayer to myself
I’ve told the biggest lie
As my heart began to fade
I watched it slowly die

When it lost its core of need
Wound surfaced on the skin
And as I watched it slowly bleed
I watched the world spin

In the moment of last grasp
Left beaten, black, and blue
I watched the world slowly fade
The world I once knew

Bloom

Bloom

The twilight of thought
Clouded by judgment
The inevitable becoming
As ghosts fade to nothing

Yesterdays past-tense

Recycled mistakes
Scars strain the mind
A smile filled with emptiness
Crafts the eyes of all forgotten

Words coiled with deceit
A victimless step
As horizons become stale
Hopes struggle to survive

Destiny takes off its mask

A taste that tenses inside
Reminding of familiar things
Pride once worn on the sleeve
Wears down to shame moments later

Steps mimic the hollow
Aftermath of exhaustion
Carving stories in the rain
Tears blend in nature’s promise

Dark skies tranquil kiss

Guided by instinct
These eyes may have no home
This heart may lay empty
The fire inside is very alive

The bloom of a new moon
Carries the whisper of unknown
A gentle, calm reminder

This fire may last forever

Another’s Dream

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Another’s Dream

I engraved our names
In a stone today
Just in case another time
We choose to lose our way

In case we forget our promise
Or to remind one cares
I’ll be here to hold you
If you promise to be there

All I ever wanted
Was for you to see
Nothing can take away
The bond of you and me

You are that special fragment
The other half of me
And without that other half
What is there left to be?

I shed a tear today
A rift inside a dream
A story that we make
That we craft seam to seam

I never have to question
It’s just what’s meant to be
A moment frozen in your eyes
Reflecting you and me

Just never look away
Let this bond cast our name
For the days that will follow
Life will flow inside these veins

We share another’s dream
One some will never know
Let us hold forever
And to never let it go

Believe

Believe

It takes time to heal
Been walking for miles
I’m starting to feel

The forecast inside
A heart beneath sky
Dampened and darkened

Threaded by lies

Stitches that break
Scars twisting round
As wounds of a fate

And things to forsake

Marks that remain
Stories we name
A call to past-tense

To define our pain

Time that fades soon
Gone with a blink
The change of a tune

And a wish for more

The person that’s left
Stands as a shell
A shamed silhouette

With a need to believe again

Gates of Hell

Gates of Hell is a poem that was written in my teenage years. It takes the very real struggle of addiction and defines how it can impact just about anyone. I have a few poems that touch on this theme and have even spoken with some parents that have told me it helped them understand what their child was going through.

Having an impact like that is the greatest honor I can experience as a writer. If I can touch someone’s life to give perspective, give hope, or even just help them experience feeling, then I’ve accomplished everything I hoped to do. Without further ado:

Gates of Hell
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I’d put the bottle down
But in the absence of reality
I’m so much closer to my dreams

Seeking to somehow feel alive
That reminder in waking up
I’m the spitting image of a lie

A fix that turns my blood cold
A line I signed to sell my soul
A shadow only my eyes see
With nothing left to believe

I’m finding each second is gaining weight
And things are becoming too heavy to bear

Take a few moments with me
Unaware of time that’s left to spare

I write a note in hope you find
That giving up while in a bind
Was my only option; the hidden clue
I drank to hide from loving you

I abandoned myself long ago
This skin I wear has worn out
What lies beneath isn’t pretty
I feel you need something more

I sewed my eyes shut to block the light
Forever left in the dead of the night
The silence is a harmonious grant
A scar to a heart painted with agony

I’d try to find the words to say
Yet nothing spoken has meant a thing
So here comes that familiar sting
With thoughts that tend to pierce the skin

Here I sit with a simple letter
I could have been more, something better
Yet it’s too late; I bid farewell

And sign my name to the gates of hell

Silhouettes

Silhouettes
Silhouettes
Tasting a feeling
A sip of a chance
I capture your eyes
We’re lost in a glance

As two silhouettes
Now standing as one
Unspoken feelings
That rise with the sun

Each day we seek more
A bond that ignites
The beat of my heart
Struck alive by your sight

Words cast in hope
To capture your heart
Let pain be the past
With a breath of fresh start

Two hands held together
A feeling of light
Ties feelings to words
That bind with the night

Lost in our eyes
With nothing to say
I give you my arm
As we capture the day

A step becomes two
We lose track of time
I could do this forever
As long as you’re mine

Each moment a blessing
A chance to just see
As two silhouettes
We stand, you and me